Snow Leopard Rosetta Fix Security Update Released

Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Last week, along with the OS X 10.7.3 update (which later turned out to be having bug), Apple had released Security Update 2012-001 for those Mac users who are skeptical about Lion and prefer OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard over Lion.

Soon after the release, a news broke out in tech forums that the Security Update was breaking Rosetta emulation support for legacy Power PC applications.

Upon installing the update, users were reporting that Rosetta applications would no longer work properly. Either they would not open, or they would crash in the mid-way if they did. Rosetta applications were unable to create and save files or unable to print.

Apple quickly responded to address the issue, and released Security Update 2012-001 v1.1, an update to the first iteration update.

Apple has recommended Security Update 2012-001 v1.1 for all Snow Leopard v10.6.8 system users to improve the security of Mac OS X. Apple has noted that version 1.1 of this update removes the ImageIO security fixes released in Security Update 2012-001 that had addressed mishandling of certain kinds of TIFF image files and updated a library called libpng to remove security concerns dealing with PNG images. Reportedly, Security Update 2012-001 v1.1 reverses those changes.

There are speculations that Apple missed what seems to be a fairly basic bug issue in Security Update 2012-001 because its interest level in sustaining Power PC support minimal these days.

Adam C. Engst from TidBits does not believe these problems are an attempt by Apple to encourage people to move away from PowerPC-based applications. Engst noted that Apple has already encouraged that behavior sufficiently by dropping Rosetta support in 10.7 Lion. He said that Apple would not gain anything by angering customers relying on older apps.

There are rumors that 2880×1880 resolution Mac will be released in 2012. There is another theory that OS X might have taken a backseat for Apple as Apple is now focussing on iOS.

This update can be downloaded via Software Update, or from Apple’s Downloads page.

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